Cross post via Dogs Deserve Better

Watch the Video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PzFFjKUBxc

SEVEN CHAINED AND ABANDONED Pennsylvania
DOGS AWAIT Help NEAR TYRONE in Blair County

Dogs Deserve Better Urges All To Stop Tolerating the Abuse of Chaining
and Join the Coalition to Pass a Tethering Law in Pennsylvania NOW

March 7, 2010, Altoona, PA — Dogs Deserve Better is asking the question they’ve asked every day for the last three House and Senate sessions:

How long, Pennsylvania? How long must chained dogs wait for a law protecting them from this abuse?

Dogs Deserve Better had heard rumors of dogs chained in the mountains off Gypsy Camp Hollow Rd. in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. An anonymous tip on the location sent them out to investigate the situation.

On the abandoned property are seven dogs, all suffering in a variety of ways: each is full of hook and whip worms, one dog cannot see, one has a cracked and bleeding tumor on his face, one little dog is matted from head to tail, and the worst one has a major protrusion in her vaginal area. One dog died during the January cold snap.

This scenario repeats itself in towns all across Pennsylvania, as dogs await passage of a new bill which would limit the chaining of dogs.

Tethering of dogs on a continual basis is cruel for many reasons, not the least of which is the danger of death in sub-zero temperatures. Because dogs are pack animals, they can become neurotic or aggressive due to lack of socialization with humans, and last year three Pennsylvania children were reported seriously injured or killed by chained or penned dogs.

The real tragedy is that the cruelty and danger caused by tethering dogs is completely avoidable through legislation. The new legislation would limit chaining in Pennsylvania, resulting is safer towns for our children and more compassionate living for Man’s Best Friend.

Dogs Deserve Better, a national nonprofit working to end the suffering of dogs kept perpetually chained or caged, is joining with organizations and individuals state-wide to form a coalition to Unchain Pennsylvania’s Dogs and get this law passed to end this abuse.

“Seeing these Tyrone dogs this weekend just blew me away,” says Tamira Ci Thayne, founder and CEO of Dogs Deserve Better. “That this cruelty could be legal in any way, shape, or form is something I cannot even wrap my head around. Sadly, only better laws will ensure humane treatment of dogs and end continual tethering. We are asking all Pennsylvania citizens to join our coalition at UnchainPADogs.com. Together, we have the power to pass legislation and end the cruel practice of constant tethering.”

So far four states have passed limitations on chaining: California, Texas, Connecticut, and Nevada. Hundreds of cities and counties have passed limitations or flat-out bans.

Please visit the websites at UnchainPADogs.com or DogsDeserveBetter.org to learn more about dog chaining, the reasons it is cruel to dogs and dangerous to humans, and to sign up for the coalition to pass a law.

Photos and video of Pennsylvania chained dogs is available by contacting tddb@dogsdeservebetter.org. Watch the video of these seven dogs at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PzFFjKUBxc.

Dogs Deserve Better • P.O. Box 23, Tipton, PA 16684 • 814.941.7447 • www.dogsdeservebetter.org

Please help us pass a law that will stop these abusers from torturing anymore dogs! Join our coalition today at http://www.unchainpadogs.com. Contact your local Pennsylvania State House Reps and Senators and tell them, NO MORE! The abuse stops here and now.

Find them at: http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/find.cfm

Donate to help us pass this law at http://www.dogsdeservebetter.org or http://www.unchainpadogs.com

Call local news media: 814.942.1010, 814.255.7600, 814.946.7411 e-mail them at news@wtaj.com; news@fox8.com; news@altoonamirror.com

Update: Central Pennsylvania Humane Society is working on this case now that we’ve reported it. They were out there both Saturday and Sunday, March 6-7 with the police. Yesterday we went to see if the dogs were still there. They were, but there were two vehicles there and they were cleaning up some of the feces. They were screaming obscenities at me because I stopped to look at them. The abusers pulled two dogs out of there, the chihuahua and the matted white dog. The humane officer is going back out now, March 8, to force them to get vet care or give up the dogs, so he tells us.

Problem is, it’s still not illegal to take a dog and chain it up out in the woods. THIS MUST BE STOPPED! IF YOU LIVE IN PENNSYLVANIA, PLEASE MAKE THE PHONE CALLS TO YOUR REPRESENTATIVES, AND PLEASE JOIN OUR COALITION AT HTTP://WWW.UNCHAINPADOGS.COM.

Tell the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society to release these dogs to Dogs Deserve Better if they are relinquished so they can be rehabilitated and find new, inside, loving homes. Did you know they have not yet joined our coalition to pass a tethering law in Pennsylvania? Tell them to join the Coalition to Unchain PA Dogs, AND to work these cruelty cases and bring them to fruition. 814.943.7575.

Tell Blair County DA Richard Consiglio you expect animal cruelty cases to be tried AND convicted. 814.693.3010.

One Comment

  1. Katie B. says:

    Apparently some of these dogs have been removed from the property and are being held at the local animal shelter. Two others remain left behind. DDB is working to put the word out so that these dogs can get adopted from the shelter and given the veterinary attention that they need.

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